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Guardian contributor, Ultracultist and now debut filmmaker, Charlie Lyne has made a documentary about teen movies' subtext, no less, and here is an exclusive poster to prove it. Its name? Beyond Clueless. Because of Clueless, you see? Oh, forget it.The trailer below should give you a decent sense of the tone of the piece, which is less talking-heads-talking-about-the-making-of-the-films and more could-Cruel-Intentions-3-be-about-something-more-than-making-a-quick-buck?, all narrated by The Waterboy's Fairuza Balk.Beyond Clueless is out in UK cinemas on January 23, so be sure to check it out for in-depth analysis on the magical art of getting a girl to take off her glasses to reveal that she is somehow more attractive because of it it, as well as an explanation as to why everyone drinks from those red cups at house parties, no matter what. »
I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s announcement—what to do if they’re sold out, what to do if for some reason we picked a movie that had no trailer in front of it (Plan B: sneak into the beginning of a different movie after ours ended)—all in the name of the purity of experiencing the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer as it was meant to be experienced. As a spectacle, as a special event, as a collective moment of excitement and anticipation.
My resolve lasted about five minutes. At 10:05am on Friday, I was holed up in the office bathroom with my iPhone and earbuds, frantically trying to tap into the spotty wi-fi of the hotel next door. »
- Mallory Andrews
Murmurs of anticipation in the pitch black theatre. Excited shuffles of feet. Then the word "Lucasfilm" sparkles up on the screen, and the audience goes wild. "Yeah!" someone exclaims at the back of the room, as though they'd just spotted an old best friend they hadn't seen in a decade.
It's November 1998, and for many Star Wars fans, this is the moment they've been waiting the best part of five years to see: their first glimpse of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ever since George Lucas had announced his return to the Star Wars universe, in an October 1993 issue of Vanity Fair, anticipation had slowly been building for the new movie. And here, finally, was a first look at what Lucas had in store. »
With audiences growing tired of “Spider-Man” or “Transformers” sequels, Hollywood now has a solution — go back to the ’90s.
“Dumb and Dumber To,” which opened to atrocious reviews 20 years after the original, still scored an impressive $36 million at the box office last weekend. (Read all the reasons why it worked from my colleague Brent Lang.) It shouldn’t have come as a surprise: the ’90s are hot again. This week, Twitter went nuts over a “Dawson’s Creek” reunion photo of James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson, while Focus Features announced “Can’t Touch This” (borrowing from the Mc Hammer song), a ’90s-set high school dance-a-thon directed by Jon M. Chu. If Robin Williams had lived to star in “Mrs. Doubtfire 2,” it would no doubt have been a hit too.
As executives inevitably start to dig through the recycling bin of old titles that never got a second chapter, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
With the seven major studios devoting increasing focus on tentpoles, the indie sector is seeing a welcome emergence of new distributors.
The biggest splash this year has come from 6-month-old Saban Films, which bought three films — John Travolta’s “The Forger,” Taylor Lautner’s “Tracers” and Hayden Christensen’s “American Heist” — at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. That’s been a tonic to the volatile world of independent producers.
The label is looking for mid-range commercial fare and the occasional prestige title — such as “The Homesman,” starring Tommy Lee Jones and Hilary Swank, which it acquired at Cannes. It’s the first release from Saban Films, opening Nov. 14 as awards season gains traction, and should send a message to the industry.
Another upstart making waves is Broad Green Pictures, which picked up “99 Homes,” starring »
- Carole Horst
The Ballad of Joe Dirte will continue. Crackle announced today that production will begin next month on Joe Dirt 2, a sequel to the 2001 comedy starring David Spade as a trailer trash bumpkin who sets out in search of his parents, who abandoned him when he was a child during a trip to the Grand Canyon. Spade reprises his role in the follow-up, which is the first ever made-for-digital sequel to a feature film. As much as I want to hate this idea (and believe me, I do), I can’t deny that I kind of like Joe Dirt. It’s incredibly stupid, yes, but it came on the heels of Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy and The Waterboy, and I was still firmly on Team Happy Madison at the time of its release. Also, space peanuts. More after the jump. Happy Madison also returns to produce Joe Dirt 2, and Joe Dirt »
- Adam Chitwood
Nearly two years ago, we heard about a project developing at Warner Bros. Pictures called The Ridiculous Six, a western comedy that Adam Sandler was going to co-write and produce with longtime collaborator Tim Herlihy (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Waterboy). However, due to the underperforming of Blended at the box office, and the flop of A Million Ways to Die in the West, the studio has decided to pull the plug on the project. THR also says that a budget hadn't been agreed upon between Happy Madison Productions and the studio, so that was another hurdle holding the project back. But is the project dead? You might remember that Adam Sandler just made a surprise announcement of a deal with Netflix that will see him starring in and producing four original films that will premiere and stream exclusively on Netflix in the coming years. There's a good chance that »
- Ethan Anderton
Veteran execs Rich Sullivan and Philip Goore have joined Robert Simonds’ still-unnamed studio, joining a roster that includes former Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and former Disney and Fox exec Oren Aviv.
Sullivan has been named CFO while Goore will serve as exec VP of business and legal affairs for the motion picture group.
Sullivan will report to chief operating officer Thomas McGrath. He most recently served as deputy CFO for Dreamworks Animation Skg, where over the years he served as the head of investor relations and of corporate finance.
Sullivan previously worked as an exec At&T Corp. and for Deutsche BankSecurities as a member of its mergers and acquisitions investment banking group.
The four-month-old studio is led by Simonds with backing from Tpg Growth, »
- Dave McNary
The 2014/2015 NFL season is well under way, with some teams already looking like genuine Super Bowl contenders and others looking so bad they seem to be playing a different sport entirely.
With the time difference between the UK and Us meaning that most games don't kick-off until the evening hours over here, there's plenty of time to kill on Sundays waiting for the matches to start. Digital Spy picks out nine American football-based movies to pass the time on Sundays and get in the mood for the real thing...
1. Friday Night Lights (2004)
Based on the book of the same name (the TV series came later), Friday Night Lights tells the story of a high school American football outfit struggling to be the best they can be under the extreme pressure of expectation placed on them by the small Texan community they represent.
Each of the kids in the team dreams »
Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will be the exclusive home of four feature films starring and produced by comic icon Adam Sandler, whose movies have delighted hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.
Sandler is a unique and prolific comic voice, whose films have grossed more than $3 billion globally at the box office and made him one of the world’s top movie stars. He is among the few actors in the world whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members in the U.S. and across its global territories from Brazil to the U.K.
“People love Adam’s films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the Us but all over the world. »
- Kellvin Chavez
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, will be the exclusive home of four feature films starring and produced by comic icon Adam Sandler, whose movies have delighted hundreds of millions of fans all over the world.
Adam Sandler is a unique and prolific comic voice, whose films have grossed more than $3 billion globally at the box office and made him one of the world's top movie stars. He is among the few actors in the world whose films consistently rank among the most viewed by Netflix members in the U.S. and across its global territories from Brazil to the U.K.
"People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages -- everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favorite line -- not just in the Us but all over the world. »
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to sort of go back to the start of the series and take a look at someone who doesn’t get the respect that they deserve from the masses. Today, that person is Adam Sandler, one of the kings of comedy who also has a flair for drama when he decides to go that route. He’s a huge titan of studio comedy, for sure, but he’s got a load of talent for when he chooses to get serious. The laughs have shot him to the A-list, but when he’s gone for depth and emotion, he’s shown that he’s got some acting chops as well. He’s rather underrated overall, so a spotlight today is definitely in the cards for him. Sandler got his start towards the A-list through television when he was cast on Saturday Night Live »
- Joey Magidson
Marketing veteran Jack Pan is the latest hire at Robert Simonds’ new film and television company, joining a collection of studio hands that includes former Universal Pictures chairman Adam Fogelson and former Disney and 20th Century Fox exec Oren Aviv.
Pan has served as senior marketing executive at both Disney and Summit Entertainment, helping on the rollout of the “Twilight,” “National Treasure,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Divergent” franchises. He is known for being a pioneer of online marketing, who is credited with helping the “Twilight” films reach their core audience of passionate readers.
As president of marketing at Simonds’ still unnamed studio, he will oversee research and analytics, creative advertising and other forms of promotion. He will report to Aviv and starts at the studio immediately.
Pan previously worked with Aviv at Disney. His hire gives the Simonds team a strong backing in marketing, as both Aviv and Fogelson »
- Brent Lang
Grayson will join the company at the end of September, and is the latest high-profile hire for the as-yet unnamed company.
His appointment comes less than two weeks after Simonds brought on veteran executive Oren Aviv as the studio’s president and chief content officer. Aviv had been a marketing chief at 20th Century Fox and president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. Earlier this year, Simonds named former Viacom executive Thomas McGrath as the company’s chief operating officer.
The new venture is backed by Tpg Growth; Hony Capital, a private equity firm in China; the business interests of producer Gigi Pritzker through Dns Capital »
- Brent Lang
Aviv said the yet-to-be-named studio is getting ready to produce and distribute up to 10 mainstream motion pictures per year in all genres.
“The studio will strategically focus on films in the $20 to $60 million range,” he added. “We can’t wait to bring our first few films into the market next year.”
Simonds had previously hired former Viacom exec Thomas McGrath as its chief operating officer. He’s backed by Tpg Growth; Hony Capital, a private equity firm in China; the business interests of producer Gigi Pritzker through Dns Capital; and the business interests of Beau Wrigley.
The studio’s board includes Frank Biondi, former president and CEO of Viacom; Tony Vinciquerra, former chairman and CEO Fox Networks Group; producer Gigi Pritzker; David Bonderman, founding partner of Tpg; Bill McGlashan, »
- Dave McNary
Updated, 11:15 Am: The mini studio making big moves today confirmed that former Fox and Disney exec Oren Aviv will serve as President and Chief Content Officer, which we told you about first last month. Aviv will oversee motion picture development, production, and marketing at the new film and TV studio, reporting directly to Stx head Robert Simonds.
Aviv and Simonds are prepping to produce and distribute up to 10 star-driven films per year in the $20 million to $60 million budget range. The two first worked together on the Adam Sandler comedy The Waterboy, which Simonds produced and Aviv marketed while at Disney. That’s also the kind of star-centered genre project Stx is focusing on. The duo cite more recent midbudgeted hits The Proposal, The Other Woman, Neighbors, Ride Along, Contraband, Safe House, and 22 Jump Street as examples of the kinds of projects they’re strategically engineering.
“These are not passion projects, »
- Anita Busch and Mike Fleming Jr
The good news is that now that all the singing and the farting around is done in Hobbiton and the story has kicked in good and proper, the majority of this second in Peter Jackson’s portrayal of a slim Tolkien story overblown to epic proportions is mostly action with a minimum of plot. It’s still got various story beats it has to hit of course and is very much a middle chapter, but this has a momentum which was really missing from An Unexpected Journey.
In this second Hobbit film you can start to see the stuff that was added in to pad out the two films into a trilogy with characters who do not appear in the books introduced and a weird elf/dwarf romance along with a more angsty and badass Legolas, strangely enough it doesn’t feel out-of-place. Once »
- Chris Holt
The Big Show is currently on a break from WWE programming to film a new WWE Films project called Vendetta according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The filming began last week with Jen and Sylvia Soska directing it. They also directed See No Evil 2 starring Kane that will be out later this year.
The story for Vendetta revolves around a detective (played by Big Show) who deliberately commits a crime in order to wind up in prison and enact revenge on the man who murdered his wife. Show previously starred in the WWE film Knucklehead and also had minor roles in Jingle All The Way, The Waterboy and MacGruber. While no return date has been given, WWE’s film projects usually take about six weeks to film. Sometimes it’s more than that, but that’s typical of how long the films take.
Show’s last appearance »
- John Canton
The sun is shining, the smell of summer is finally in the air…and naturally, you’re still thinking about TV and movies. Which is fine, because so are we. Specifically: Not long ago, your pals at EW had a conversation about the pop culture cookouts we’d most love to attend. Three serve pretty standard barbecue fare; two feature whole roast pigs; one makes itty bitty alligators the main course. But all feature great company, from ace Miami detective Marcus Burnett to growly, grizzled Korean War vet Walt Kowalski to the scrappy kids who spend their days hitting homers on their local baseball diamond. »
- EW staff
You know those real estate scams where you're offered a free vacation if you just sit through a time-share presentation and that time-share presentation seems never-ending, because even if it's just two hours, what you really wanted was a free vacation? For Adam Sandler, filmmaking is like that time-share presentation. All the guy wants is to get major motion picture studios to subsidize his vacations. Is that so wrong? If Sony or Warner Brothers said to you, "How would you like an all-expenses-paid trip to Hawaii or Africa or a secluded lake? And all you have to do is deliver a movie and nobody on our side will even ask to see a script or bother looking at the final cut," what would you say? You'd accept the deal. Don't deny it. It's obvious that Sandler and his partners-in-vacation-loving-crime don't especially enjoy the quid pro quo required for their global galavanting, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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